Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2015

Document Type

Education 590 Project

Degree Name

Master of Education



First Advisor

Reynolds, Patricia

Major or Concentration



By the end of the first quarter all kindergarten students will learn to identify all 52 uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet. They will also be able to identify all 26 letter sounds and learn to read, these are benchmarks set by schools. Nevertheless, most English Language Learners (ELL) students that enter the elementary school system at age 5 do not recognize any English alphabet letters or letter sounds. Some children know the alphabet in their native language, which makes the learning process easier because there already is a literacy base and understanding, but some children come to school without a concrete understanding of literacy at all. English Language Learners (ELL’s) who attended a schooling program before entering kindergarten have developed some early literacy skills; academically they are ready to explore and eager to learn. They are more socially adjusted to classmates and teachers. However, not all families have the privilege to send their children to a schooling program especially if the students come from a low socioeconomic background. The objective of the proposed research was to investigate the aspects of remediation for kindergarten ELLs and low socioeconomic students to see if extra help will bring the students to where they need to be so they are passing first quarter benchmarks in letter recognition skills.

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